Northern Territory Minister for Energy & Essential Services Dale Wakefield
Water Saving Program ‘Weather Web’ Launched In 40 Darwin Schools
Victor P Taffa
New rooftop weather stations and smart irrigation controllers have been installed in 40 Darwin schools, as part of the new Weather Web program that aims to save 120 Million litres of water annually.
Water savings across the community may have a significant impact on our water supply levels.
“Water is a precious resource and the Territory Government is managing it responsibly to ensure its sustainability. Through the Weather Web program, we can substantially make water savings which will have a positive impact on our water supply levels.” Minister for Energy & Essential Services Dale Wakefield said.
“Success of the Weather Web program can potentially save 120 Million litres of water annually.”
Information from Weather Web allows users to access live weather information that is localised to their suburb. Information includes rainfall, temperature, wind and humidity. The localised information will enable schools and households to irrigate their properties appropriately and responsibly.
Weather Web program was developed in response to Power & Water’s research which found that almost 60 % of household water use in the average Darwin region home is in the garden, with most people overwatering without realising it.
Most irrigation systems are set to run a certain number of days of the week for a set duration, no matter how much rain there has been over that time or if the temperature drops.
Information from Weather Web works in conjunction with the new smart irrigation controllers which can automatically control and adjust the amount of water that gardens receive based on real-time weather data via a Wi-Fi connection.
Weather Web can also be used without smart irrigation controllers as it can help the community better understand the link between rainfall and watering, as well as provide live weather information.
Weather Web program will be accessible to the wider community, which includes councils and government departments to better inform their watering schedules at parks, ovals, verges, and other public places.